“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” said Apple in a statement provided to The Loop. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.”
The new Photos app will also replace iPhoto, giving users a more seamless experience on Apple devices. The app will allow you to edit and search your entire photos library in the cloud on any of your Apple devices.
I can criticize iPhoto and Aperture in a number of ways, but have enjoyed that they both made large strides to try to keep photos organized. I remember that original version of iPhoto was the first that I used—Apple dropped a CD into the box with the iBook I bought in February 2002. While there were a few missteps along the way, I did appreciate the ability for iPhoto and Aperture to share a library. Still, it will be sad to see a powerful tool like Aperture (which I was only starting to fully take advantage of) go by the wayside after years of stagnation.